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Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael Greiwe develops new ‘Total Shoulder Replacement,’ less pain, better results

Special to NKyTribune Eventually, people who suffer severe pain and stiffness in their shoulders due to arthritis may need total shoulder replacement surgery. It involves a long, painful rehabilitation that keeps patients away from work for weeks, if not months. Now, St. Elizabeth Healthcare is the first in the world to offer a new shoulder replacement surgery that preserves the patient’s rotator...

New NKY Wellness Challenge kicks off as 25 local businesses show their healthy initiatives

The NKY Wellness Challenge kicked-off with a celebration at the Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Public Library. Over 25 Local businesses showcased their healthy initiatives and networked with wellness challenge participants and teams. The Northern Kentucky Chamber foundation has started 2017 by challenging the business community to take control over their health and fitness by getting involved...

SmartHealthToday: Four good tips for helping you combat the flu at home — just stick to some basics

By Colleen Weinkam SmartHealthToday It’s flu season, and if you think your house is immune to the germs your child is bringing home from school, think again. The good news is, most studies have shown that the flu virus can only live and potentially infect a person for two to eight hours after it’s deposited on a surface. That means it’s not necessary to go to great lengths to clean and disinfect...

SmartHealthToday: Volunteering really is good for your health — take a look at the positive factors

By Shelly Reese SmartHealthToday Looking for a New Year’s resolution that benefits everyone? Consider volunteering. A growing body of evidence shows people who volunteer live longer, healthier lives, according to a research review of 32 studies conducted by the Corporation for National & Community Service. The report cites evidence suggesting that volunteering enhances a person’s social networks...

Emerald Trace on Turkeyfoot to celebrate official opening of $14m senior living community

A new chapter in senior care in Northern Kentucky will begin next week as Elsmere Mayor Marty Lenhof and more than 150 other distinguished guests will celebrate the official opening of Emerald Trace on Turkeyfoot. The $14 million senior living community, a sister campus to nearby Rosedale Green in Covington, broke ground in late 2015 and welcomed its first residents this week. The community’s two...

State Department for Public Health raises flu level to ‘widespread,’ urges flu vaccine for ‘high risk’

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is raising the influenza (flu) level in the state from “regional” to “widespread.” Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. “With widespread flu activity reported...

SmartHealthToday: Fitness trends for 2017, include activity trackers, heart rate monitors, smart watches

By Rory Glynn SmartHealth Today The No. 1 fitness trend for 2017 is sure to be found under plenty of trees. Wearable technology, including activity trackers like the Fitbit, smart watches and heart-rate monitors, for the second straight year tops the list compiled by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Fitbit updated its popular Charge fitness tracker with the Charge 2 this fall; it was...

Interact for Health, Foundation for Healthy KY release new data — obesity, heart disease, cancer plague us

Obesity, cancer and problems with health insurance or health care comprise three of the top four issues Kentucky adults think are the most important health concerns facing men, women and children in the Commonwealth, according to the first report of the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) to be released this year. Hunger and malnutrition was the other top-four issue for children, while heart disease...

St. Elizabeth Healthcare says ‘take steps toward healthier heart’ with “Time for your Heart’ sessions

Take steps toward a healthier heart in 2017   The St. Elizabeth Heart & Vascular Institute is offering a comprehensive eight-week program to help you identify your risk of heart disease and other illnesses, and learn how you can make meaningful changes to help you live better and live longer. Take Time for Your Heart is open to anyone in the community starting Jan. 18, 2017.   Each class is...

SmartHealthToday: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is real; sometimes light therapy is called for

By Matt Koesters SmartHealthToday Shorter days and grayer skies could leave you feeling blue. If you’re caught up in a rut that comes and goes with the winter season, you might be affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD, sometimes referred to as seasonal depression, is a type of depression linked to the changing of the seasons. While it’s usually associated with the onset of winter...

Uniting NKY in Regional Wellness Challenge to lose weight, get fit, win cash — compete in teams of five

HealthyWage is offering a new region-wide contest to encourage residents to lose weight. The contest – called Get Healthy to Win Big– encourages participants with weekly nutrition and fitness tips as well as challenges. Teams of five will compete for the greatest percentage of weight lost from January 9 through April 3.  Participants can win cash prizes funded independently and guaranteed by...

Dr. Brooke Edwards named chief medical officer of Urology Group, sees patients in Northern Kentucky

Brooke Edwards, M.D., has been named chief medical officer of Norwood-based The Urology Group. In her new role, Dr. Edwards is a key member of the executive team and will play a pivotal role in providing medical oversight, expertise and leadership to ensure the continued delivery of advanced urological care in the tristate. “It’s a tremendous honor to be selected for this position,” Dr. Edwards...

About snow shoveling: Some expert tips on doing it without back pain (start with curved handle)

The winter weather the region has experienced has brought with it the need to shovel snow out of driveways and off sidewalks. And while that can mean a great way to boost endorphins and get some exercise, all of that strain can cause a back injury, too. John Roberts, M.D., of The Christ Hospital Physicians – Spine Surgery recommends you follow these safety tips to protect your back while shoveling...

St. Elizabeth Edgewood among hospitals with lowest heart attack death rates – Becker’s Hospital Review

Becker’s Hospital Review recently listed St. Elizabeth Edgewood among 10 hospitals with the lowest heart attack death rates in the U.S. The report reflects 30-day heart attack mortality rates reported on CMS Hospital Compare website from July 2012 through June 2015. St. Elizabeth’s rate was 10.9 percent, compared to a national average of 14.1 percent. No other hospital in Kentucky or Greater Cincinnati...

SmartHealthToday: Counting the ways to better yourself? Making list is easy, keeping it is real test

SmartHealthToday Team A new year = a new you, right? Well, maybe … if you actually keep your resolutions this year. Coming up with all the ways you want to better yourself is the easy part. Want to learn the guitar? Quit smoking? Cut out sugar? Lose 20 pounds? Read more non-fiction? It’s easy enough to make a whole list of things like a wish list. But sticking to these resolutions, even after...